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Nov 2016

Nov 30, 2016

National Corn Growers Association Welcomes Court Ruling on Seed Protection Case

Key Issues:Production

In a win for farmers’ rights to use proven-safe technology, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled last week that additional regulation of treated seeds would unnecessarily duplicate the Environmental Protection Agency’s existing science-based regulatory review.   The decision protects farmers’ ability to continue using seed treatment technology and maintains the EPA’s currently regulatory approach for treated seeds.   National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas, applauded the Court’s decision.   “Farmers care deeply about preserving and protecting our land, water and air for the next generation. At NCGA, we support regulations that are reasonable and based on sound science. These crop protection tools have already undergone a thorough regulatory review as required by law and have been established as safe and effective. Creating additional regulatory hoops for agriculture to jump through is...

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Nov 28, 2016

Last Call! NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Two More Days to Enter

The National Corn Growers Association reminds amateur and professional photographers alike that less than two days remain to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.   Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report.   To see the most recent edition, click here.   The Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest offers both amateur and professional photographers a free opportunity to share their work while competing for 19 cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top...

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Nov 23, 2016

NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

Key Issues:Ethanol

The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2017 renewable volume obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Today the EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.   “Moving forward, we call on the EPA to continue following the law and keep the RFS on track. Doing so...

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Nov 22, 2016

Celebrating Six Years of CommonGround

The following article was originally published on the blog at www.findourcommonground.com.   By Sara Ross                 Six years ago this month, a friend called and asked if I would participate in a new program called CommonGround to help connect farm women with consumers. The goal was to engage in conversations about the food we grow and how we produce it.   I was hesitant at first. I grew up in town. I’d only been married to a farmer and living on our farm for about three years at that point. I was hardly a farming expert. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I had learned on the farm those first few years and how that might be interesting to other moms who don’t have regular access to a farm or a farmer.   I also understood where moms like me were coming from when it comes to grocery shopping. We are inundated with food labels, food marketing and opinions about what we should be feeding our families. CommonGround seemed like a great...

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Nov 17, 2016

Soil Health Partnership Featured at Sustainable Ag Summit

Efforts to restore and protect soil health played a prominent role in this week’s Sustainable Agriculture Summit, hosted by the Field To Market® alliance and several other prominent organizations. The high-profile event, Nov. 15 – 17 in Atlanta, reinforced a commitment to soil health as a powerful driver of sustainable agriculture.   Nicholas Goeser, Soil Health Partnership director and National Corn Growers Association director of soil health and sustainability, spoke on a panel discussing the importance of soil health to agricultural sustainability.   “Components of soil health provide a key opportunity to improve productivity, environmental quality, and the well-being of farmers and others – all key goals of Field to Market and the Sustainable Ag Summit,” Goeser said. “We’ve seen firsthand how members of the agriculture supply chain can work together to protect natural resources and promote long-term economic viability, and we want to emphasize that soil health is key to...

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Nov 17, 2016

American Ethanol Surpasses 10 Million Successful Race Miles

This past weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR surpassed 10 million successful miles racing on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel made with American Ethanol. In celebration, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined its American Ethanol partner, Growth Energy and NASCAR fans in waving American Ethanol green flags during the pace car laps at the start of the race. According to Nielsen Company data, the Can-Am 500 was the most-viewed race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.   “This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol,” commented Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer.   Richard Childress Racing owner Richard Childress also took notice of the significance of this E15 milestone. “It's amazing what it’s done for our country, and what it’s done for NASCAR as well,” said...

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Nov 17, 2016

Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

The National Corn Growers Association reminds amateur and professional photographers alike that less than only two weeks remain to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.   Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report.   To see the most recent edition, click here.   The Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest offers both amateur and professional photographers a free opportunity to share their work while competing for 19 cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the...

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Nov 17, 2016

NCGA Partners with Benson Hill Biosystems to Create More Choice for Corn Growers

Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants, today announced a strategic partnership and grant from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).   The primary goal of the funding and partnership initiative will be to accelerate breeding and development of new corn hybrids utilizing CropOS™, a cognitive engine that uses cloud biology to empower a new era of plant genomics innovation, subsequently introducing new choices for growers in the U.S. corn marketplace.   In an era of unprecedented agriculture industry consolidation, innovation in corn genetics is being further limited to a few large companies with budgets for significant R&D investment. Benson Hill’s CropOS platform empowers organizations of any size to innovate and provide growers choice, whether that be for disease, maturity or specific environmental requirements. With a handful of companies owning roughly 85 percent of the corn market, there is limited...

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Nov 16, 2016

NCGA Congratulates Bowling on Election to USFRA Leadership

National Corn Growers Association Chairman Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland, was elected to serve as vice chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance during the group’s board meeting in Kansas City last week. NCGA congratulates Bowling on this accomplishment and looks forward to seeing the impact of the experience and enthusiasm he brings to the role.   “I have always felt strongly about the importance of the work done by USFRA, and I am humbled my fellow ag leaders entrusted me with this position,” said Bowling. “Farmers and ranchers work hard every day to become increasingly sustainable and continue improving. Through USFRA, we all can play an active part in sharing that story.”   USFRA was founded in 2010 to unite agriculture and earn consumer trust in today’s farming and ranching practices. In addition to Bowling, South Dakota crop and livestock farmer Brad Greenway, who represents the National Pork Board, will serve as the new chairman, American Farm Bureau...

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Nov 15, 2016

Voice of Corn Farmers Amplified at NAFB

  If you are hearing a lot of news and information from the National Corn Growers Association on your local radio station this week, it is no accident. The 73rd National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention wrapped up this weekend where more than 650 attendees gathered, including hundreds of farm broadcasters.   “NCGA is a long-time participant in this convention and the Trade Talk event, specifically, because of the media contacts and relationships we build,” said Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas, and NCGA President. “Farm families listen to their local broadcaster, so this event also provides us an opportunity to discuss NCGA’s priorities with our members.”   Spurlock was joined by Kevin Skunes, a farmer from Arthur, North Dakota, and NCGA First Vice President; Chris Novak, NCGA CEO; and Jon Doggett, NCGA Executive Vice President for the annual Trade Talk event, which is the centerpiece of the NAFB National Convention. It connects the ag industry...

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Nov 10, 2016

Ag Scientists Elevate Soil Health Potential at International Meeting

The biggest agronomic, crop science and soil science group in the country this week demonstrated their growing emphasis on the importance of soil health. The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, was invited to give five presentations during the event.   Known as the “tri-societies,” the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix.   “Our level of participation with this critical group of scientists was unprecedented this year, and demonstrates the scientific community is paying close attention to the agricultural and environmental strides we can make through better soil health,” said Nicholas Goeser, SHP director and NCGA director of soil health and sustainability. “It’s important to our mission to engage with this group of scientists.”   The...

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Nov 10, 2016

Corn Prices Rise Slightly Despite Record Yield, Production

U.S. corn farmers may set a new record national average yield should today’s forecast in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture be recognized. With a forecast yield of 175.3 bushels per acre and forecast record production, average corn prices rose five cents given raised demand forecasts.   “The farm economy continues to struggle making it imperative that we work to encourage and grow corn markets wherever possible,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Stratford, Texas. “For much of agriculture, trade presents an important, even critical, opportunity. This is why NCGA will continue efforts to encourage our elected officials to open export markets and improve access through support of the Trans Pacific Partnership.   “From growing export markets to increasing domestic demand through policies supporting the ethanol industry, NCGA works hard on the behalf of...

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Nov 9, 2016

NCGA Statement on 2016 Election

The National Corn Growers Association today congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the 45th President, and pledged to work with the new Administration and Congress on important issues of the day.   “The American people have spoken. Now, it is time for us all to set aside our differences, roll up our sleeves, and get to work,” said Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas, and president of the National Corn Growers Association.   “As a supporter of the No Labels movement, the National Corn Growers Association believes in bipartisan problem-solving and building a more responsive and accountable government. We stand ready to work together with President-Elect Trump and the new Congress to make government work better for us all,” said Spurlock.   “We look forward to working with the Trump transition team and assisting in any way possible to make his Administration a successful one,” said Executive Vice President Jon Doggett. “The National Corn Growers Association is...

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Nov 4, 2016

Field Notes Talks Corn Harvest with Farmers in Iowa, Minnesota

The National Corn Growers Association continues its sixth season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   This week, Field Notes caught up with Iowa farmer April Hemmes. With the 2016 crop in the bin, she reflected on what was a solid, but not record-setting, year for corn.   “We did pretty well with our corn this year,” she explained. “We did have a couple of disappointing varieties but, other than that, it was good. When you look at your yield monitor and see that it is hitting 199 bushels per acre and not passing 200 and feel disappointed, you know you have a pretty good year going.”   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Minnesota farmer Dan Erickson explained that four inches of rain...

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Nov 3, 2016

Doubts About The Times Article on GMOs

The October 29 New York Times article “Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops” uses loaded language to paint an inaccurate, bleak picture of agricultural biotechnology. Yet, the article itself attempts to make this case in a non-transparent manner that, given the lack of background data provided and analytic reasoning, does not support its own claims.   The National Corn Growers Association recognizes that U.S. farmers make the best possible choices for their businesses and the environment using all available data. The fact that our nation’s more than 300,000 farmers have adopted GMO technology on more than 90 percent of their corn acres demonstrates the effectiveness they see in their fields every day. In putting forth that there is no “discernible advantage in yields” provided by GMOs, the author ignores the important role biotech crops played in preserving yield in the face of environmental challenges, such as those seen in the United States in 2010,...

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Nov 3, 2016

Save on Holiday Travel with Your NCGA Membership

This holiday season, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save on travel expenses by using discounts available through NCGA. Through partnerships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program, NCGA offers members valuable savings on car rentals and hotel bookings whether they travel across the country or even many locations around the world.   “NCGA works hard to increase opportunities for farmers in the marketplace, and we also strive to offer a wide array of benefits to our members,” said NCGA Engaging Members Committee Chair Paul Taylor. “While farmers across the country benefit from our work to grow the market for corn and maintain their freedom to operate, we also provide special opportunities for them that reward their support of our organization. Seeing friends and family makes the holidays a special time, and we want to help make these magical moments more affordable.”   The NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program allows NCGA...

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Nov 1, 2016

Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

The National Corn Growers Association reminds amateur and professional photographers alike that less than one month remains to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.   Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report.   To see the most recent edition, click here.   The Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest offers both amateur and professional photographers a free opportunity to share their work while competing for 19 cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top...

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Nov 1, 2016

Grower Organizations Encourage Manufacturers to Implement AgGateway’s ADAPT for Precision Ag

A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems – citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future.   The support was expressed in a letter this month to AgGateway Chairman David Black from the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, and USA Rice.   “Over the last decade, the most consistent concern raised by farmers using precision ag is that ‘different systems won’t work together,’” the letter states. “The farm and...

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